I always jump at the chance to spend some quality time with friends, especially if it means getting outside. The trick to spending time in the sun is to get enough sun…but not too much.
On one hand, you don’t want to block the rays that synthesize vitamin D (which is SO important for preventing MS, Autoimmune Disease and Cancer…more on that later), but on the other, getting a sunburn is not a great idea either.
So whats a sun-lovin’ girl to do?
My thing is to spend enough time in the sun to build a nice base tan, but not so much that your skin has a chance to burn. You can read more about that plus some dietary methods to prevent sunburn here.
Smart sun exposure is the most natural way to prevent sunburn or skin damage, and moderation is the key to getting the benefits of sun exposure without overdoing it. Twenty minutes to an hour of sun per day should be plenty to make enough vitamin D, depending on how dark your skin is.
If you haven’t had a chance to ease into building a base tan, don’t want to or know you’re going to be in the sun for an extended period of time make sure you check out my post on safe sunscreens here.
Last weekend my friends Jenné and Susan from Sweet Potato Soul and My Beeting Heart took the Long Island Railroad out to the beach, and Jenné had prepared a delicious Watermelon Peach Salad with a Basil and Lime Vinaigrette that’s to die for.
Click over to My Beeting Heart for the succulent recipe by Sweet Potato Soul’s Jenné Claiborne and the mouthwatering photos and tips on hydration + benefits of Watermelon from My Beeting Heart’s Susan Pittard.
Source:  Kresser, Chris Tips for a Healthy Summer:Part 1